Anthony Bourdain died at 61 of apparent suicide
Celebrated chef and author Anthony Bourdain has died at 61. The acclaimed TV personality was found unresponsive in his hotel room in France on Friday morning (June 8).
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CCN said in a statement, adding “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
The chef was in France to work on an episode of Parts Unknown and was found dead by his friend French chef Eric Ripert.
Bourdain worked in the dregs of the New York City restaurant scene for years before eventually becoming the executive chef at the French bistro Brasserie Les Halles. His experience in the industry led to the 2000 book Kitchen Confidential, in which he offered his American dining experience.
He moved into television in 2002 with the Food Network series A Cook’s Tour, before jumping to the Travel Channel as host of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (which ran from 2005-2013 and won two Emmy Awards), then switching to CNN in 2013 for Parts Unknown.
The apparent cause of death was suicide with new reports indicating he hanged himself. Bourdain is survived by a daughter and by his girlfriend, the Italian actress Asia Argento. Argento is a vocal critic of the Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein, whom she has accused of sexual assault.